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It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

BY NINA CHASE
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

"We're showing citizens what they're buying before they write the final check."

In It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping from PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 25, Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation. She shares the power of prototyping and the impact design have in the communication between public spaces, the city council and the community. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 18th, 2017. 

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reframing and recycling our histories through art

BY KILOLO LUCKETT
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

Cultural producer and curator Kilolo Luckett presents on the topic of "reframing and recycling our histories through art"! 

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The Precipitron; Industrial Vernaculars & Environmental Instruments

BY MEG STUDER
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

A quick glimpse into climate control history, in the vein of Banham's Well-Tempered Environment: The imagery/narrative starts from my parent's air-cleaning Precipitron installation (WWII-era Pittsburgh) and uses it as an armature for sketching the socio-technical construction of atmosphere, enclosure, and air-pollution regulation . First, it situates ‘electrostatic precipitator’ technology and development within the much longer battles over coal smoke control and nuisance abatement, from progressive politics back to rants about London's acidic coal-smog, in Evelyn’s Fumifugium (1661). Second, it will looks at the mid-century commercial and domestic markets for Westinghouse's Precipitrons, examining the liberal, gendered approaches to pollution (and consumption) in the American context. It will conclude by reviewing today’s electrostatic environment, extrapolating and visualizing the current links between our everyday power use and Precipitron installations, estimating annual particulate capture under the EPA's Clean Power Legislation.

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Mistress Syndrome: A Uniquely American Story of Lies, Betrayal, & Denial

BY AMANDA GROSS
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

A story of the construction of white womanhood told through images. Amanda Gross uses her personal experiences, cultural, religious, and ethnic history as a case study to unpack identity at the intersection of race, gender, and class in the US context. Amanda is an artist and anti-racist community organizer living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. 

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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Architecture Learning Network

BY SAMANTHA WEAVER
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

Samantha Weaver talks about the new Architecture Learning Network (ALN) which offers support for students in architecture education programs, as they become active, thoughtful citizens in their communities. The design process can get messy, but it’s beautiful.

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Close Up

BY DAVID BERNABO
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

Renaissance man David Bernabo talks about his video series called "Close Up" publised on the Glass Block, a new web magazine.

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Second-Hand Trauma

BY BECKY SPEVACK
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

Hear from AIA Pittsburgh's own, Becky Spevack, as she speaks about second-hand trauma. 

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The Wonders of the Pantheon

BY VIVIANA ALTIERI
@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Viviana Altieri speaks on the wonders of the Pantheon... Find Viviana at MONDO ITALIANO! Founded in 2003 with the goal of welcoming and assisting the Italian community in Pittsburgh, Mondo Italiano has become “the” point of reference for anyone passionate about Italy and the Italian culture.

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They Were Not Anonymous

BY VINCE ORNATO
@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Vince Ornato has made a full-time living drawing and painting for over 30 years.  He started as a sketch-portrait artist, graphic designer and sign painter, before selling his own personal work.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Pitt in English Writing, and Rhetoric, and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Evening School.  His art studies continued with persistent practice and by taking workshops with prominent artists, most notably Daniel Greene from New York, for whom he worked as a classroom assistant. 

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Wilderness First Aid

BY MIKE SCHILLER
@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Mike Schiller is a Wilderness EMT and has been teaching First Aid and First Responder courses for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS since 2002. He is also currently working with two partners on startup company RoomLeopard.com. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Alliance (GBA), advancing the organization in its mission to create healthy and high-performing places.   A native Pittsburgher and successful entrepreneur, he previously founded three for-profit companies, one non-profit, and one charter school, all of which are thriving.  He has a BSE from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He loves to hike, kayak and climb mountains, and has been to 50 states, 33 countries and 6 continents.  

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Behavior and Space: Unlocking Human Potential

BY KRISTI WOOLSEY
@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Kristi Woolsey's super power is being a connector of people and ideas. She notices where there might be a related interest, and then make that available. She see potential in people and situations, and is driven to create a path for that potential to become manifest. Here she explains how. 

 

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